Any gearhead can easily agree that the BMW M1 is an iconic car. However, somewhere in gearhead’s garage, there is a set of pictures, centerfolds if you will, of cars never brought up in discussion. These are the guilty pleasures we hate to admit we get a kick out of. I have gone out to my garage and decided to share my list with you. Hopefully I will not be ostracized by the gathering throng. These are the cars that I hate to admit that I like.
It’s cute and it’s small. While it is a bit of a “girly” car, that little body is a hoot to throw into a corner.
Phooey on fuel prices! Football, Steak and Hummers. ‘Nuff said.
Just like cockroaches, you may not like them, but you have to respect them for surviving.
It looks a little dated now. The pop-up headlights, the raked body, the gullwing doors – It may be a pornographer’s car, but this car Is the epitome of cool.
Sometimes, you hate a champion because he just wins all the time. This car, in every iteration, has whipped the pants off the competition. In a street fight, if a guy pulls a gun, I am pullin’ an M5!
Chrysler K Car
The car itself was Spartan and not much of a performer. I loved it because it was a car for people who didn’t like cars. This car spawned many designs long after its demise. I hate to admit it, but I love it. It’s history and there would be no Chrysler without it.
Buick Opel, Chevy Vega & Ford Pinto
First of all…..STOP LAUGHING!!! These cars introduced a young boy (me) to the world of compact cars. After rolling around in the back of the family station wagon, I was amazed that there was a car my size. When the Buick Opel was featured in magazines, I actually found out about German, British and Italian cars. Because of this, Hot Wheels & Matchbox became my friends. Besides, my toy cars were safer and more reliable than those…Okay, you can laugh now!
In my youth, I always appreciated Cadillac but never wished to own one. The fact that I like this car reveals that I am becoming an old man.
Aston Martin Lagonda
I like driving cars that no one knows anything about. Pull up in this, despite its dated technology and pointy nose, and you will have a gathering in no time.
Mansory Panamera Turbo
Yes. It is pimped-out and the colors offered border on nauseating. However, anything that tries to improve the look of a Panamera is worth putting on my list.
I love these cars! I would relish the chance to put a well-kept one of these up against a Ford Explorer. Yes, I would drive it proudly (with a phony mustache and sunglasses).
Don’t judge me. I shared my list and I know you have one too!